View Full Version : Reverse Applique Tutorial (in downloads)

04-14-2008, 11:56 AM
Here's how I've been doing my reverse applique tops, I just love how these turn out!

Aside, whenever I post how to do something, I worry that someone will tell me that's not how it's really supposed to be done. This is how I do it, it works for me. If you know another way, good for you. I hope this helps those of you who are wanting to try this out, but need a little nudge.

First, choose your design. For a first try, I recommend a simple shape (the toes on my froggie were a bit tricky, so try something with fewer turns at first, then you can progress to more difficult images). I use google image search when I'm looking for ideas, I search, for example, "frog silhouette" and see what comes up. If you find the perfect image, use that, or you can draw an image inspired by what you find.

Here is my shirt front, contrast fabric, and the froggie I drew (I drew one half, folded the paper and cut it out, so it's symmetrical). I cut out my image so I can sew around it, but you could put it on tissue paper or the like and sew through it, you'd just have to pick the paper out of the stitches later.

I place the contrast fabric behind my shirt front, making sure there's plenty of room around the edges, then place the image on top of the shirt front, pinning everything in place. I like to center the image from side to side, but place it more to the top of the shirt.

Here you can see the contrast fabric pinned on behind:

Now, you'll use a fairly short stitch length to sew around your image. I started at the froggie's "armpit", stopping with needle down to pivot at any turns:

Here's another shot, a bit further around the frog. Stop to take out/reposition any pins that are in your way, but be careful not to skew your template from where it started.

Whew! I made it all the way around!

And, after I take out the pins/template:

Here's what it looks like from the back, you can see the stitching better here:

Now, I use a small, sharp pair of scissors to cut out the image from my shirt front, just inside the stitching line. Since knits do not ravel, I leave the edges unfinished. I like the vintage look the edges get when they roll a bit after being washed.

Start by pulling the layers apart and snipping a little in the middle. You do not want to cut through your contrast fabric, so be careful!

I put my hand behind the contrast fabric while I'm cutting, so I know I'm only cutting the shirt panel (black fabric here):

Now, I'm done trimming out my applique! Stop and admire your work:

On the back, you'll want to trim away the extra contrast fabric:

Now, sew up your shirt, and wait for the compliments to start rolling in!

04-14-2008, 12:17 PM
that's really cool looking! thanks.

04-14-2008, 12:20 PM
That's awesome! Thanks!

And I don't know of many things whereby there is only 1 way to do it. As far as I'm concerned, YOURS is the RIGHT way!

04-14-2008, 12:23 PM
I am going to have to try this! Thanks!

04-14-2008, 12:29 PM
Very cool tutorial! I'm thinking you could use temporary spray adhesive to help keep your template in place. Or washable glue.

Thank you for doing the great tutorial!

04-14-2008, 04:35 PM
I'm addicted to reverse applique, and that's pretty much the way I do it, too.
Here are a few other tips & tricks: I use iron-on, tear-away stabilizer to keep my 'reverse' fabric from moving. Oh, and I usually draw my design on with a water soluble marker so that I don't have to pin a template on.

But kat's applique's are way cooler than mine, so I should hush up now. ;)

04-14-2008, 04:41 PM
Awesome! I think your way is much better than how I tried in the past. :yes:

04-14-2008, 04:59 PM
so cute!!! thanks for the tut!

04-14-2008, 05:02 PM
Thank you . Can't wait to try it

04-14-2008, 10:46 PM
Awesome idea to just use the paper cutout as your guide! I like your version, it's great.

04-15-2008, 07:05 PM
That's awesome! The cute little toes make the froggy, as far as I'm concerned! :) Definitely going to have to try this!

04-16-2008, 02:08 PM
Thanks...that looks great! I can't wait to try it. I know what you mean about worrying about posting how to do things. I feel the same way :) Your way looks great to me!

04-16-2008, 02:31 PM
That's going to be one cute shirt! Thanks for showing ;)

04-16-2008, 06:48 PM
Just wanted to say that is a cute design! That is the only way I know to do it too, so I think you have the right way, LOL!

04-17-2008, 11:48 AM
Love this!! I can't wait to try it - thanks for sharing!

Lil' Mama
04-23-2008, 01:27 PM
ohhh noooo.......... I've just been inspired...... I jsut have to try it, and maybe learn to spell aswell...LOL

"Thanks sew much" Nancy

04-29-2008, 10:35 AM
WOW!~ That is awesome, thanks so much for sharing the tut- things like that will be perfect for my little man, I am so excited to try that this weekend.

04-30-2008, 11:26 PM
THat's cool. I'm going to have to try that!

05-01-2008, 05:42 PM
Wow thanks for sharing that. I can't wait to try it out.

05-01-2008, 05:57 PM
Exactly what I have been searching for. Thanks so much !!

05-29-2008, 06:32 PM
oh my gosh, what an awesome tutorial! You make me believe I could do something like that. :)

05-30-2008, 12:21 AM
wow, so cool. But I am terrible with scissors, I know I would screw it up somehow!!

06-13-2008, 06:22 PM
Thanks for this! I am going to try this. It was very helpful!

06-30-2008, 02:19 PM
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07-01-2008, 05:20 PM
Great directions. Made one this week and I LOVE it!!

07-09-2008, 03:58 PM
WOW- so cute! I can't wait to try it! THANK YOU!

07-21-2008, 10:32 AM
This is a great tut.!!! Gonna have to try soon :)

07-28-2008, 02:58 PM
Clever! I'm going to try this on my next t-shirt design. :)

07-28-2008, 07:37 PM
Great tutorial; thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try that out.

08-05-2008, 05:48 AM
oooh... lovely... now to get 5 minutes at a machine to give it a try!!!

thank you.

08-05-2008, 10:03 PM
That is great! I think I could even do that one! :lol Much easier then the ones that were shown to me in the past. Thanks so much!

09-30-2008, 11:37 AM
Thanks for the tutorial! I might actually be able to do this....contrary to what I previously thought!!! Thanks!

10-03-2008, 09:07 PM
thank you sew much!!!!

10-05-2008, 08:52 AM
I love this! Have you ever done material besides knit for the applique part? I have a woven I'd love to try on a tee.

10-26-2008, 12:17 PM
Thank you for this! I think I might actually be able to do this, now :)

10-28-2008, 10:16 AM
LOL-AWESOME tut! I had NO idea how to do this.

10-28-2008, 10:36 AM
This is wonderful! Thank you!

10-28-2008, 01:44 PM
that is such a good idea! I am going to try that!

10-29-2008, 07:40 PM
What a great idea! Thanks for posting.

10-29-2008, 08:24 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share that!

Lisa :)

11-05-2008, 09:47 PM
I am definitely going to have to give this a try. You make it look so proffesional!

11-09-2008, 09:31 PM
thanks for the tute! I was just wondering yesterday how this is done--can't wait to try it!

11-10-2008, 09:57 AM
I use that technique when quilting! I saw it on a show on HGTV and well now I have to try it on my LO's shirt to see how it works! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

11-10-2008, 10:07 AM
That's wonderful. Thanks

11-17-2008, 10:00 AM
Very Cute! I will be trying this one soon!

12-02-2008, 03:31 AM
SO excited to try this! Thank you!

Learning to truly live
12-13-2008, 09:25 PM
That looks great! I wish I had more time to try all these great ideas.

12-14-2008, 10:07 PM
Great idea! I can't wait to try it.

12-15-2008, 05:17 PM
That is really neat! I will have to try that!


01-05-2009, 11:16 PM
thanks for sharing that, now I know what reverse appl. means. I thought it referred to the stitching somehow...
very cool and I'm going to have to try it on something soon.

01-14-2009, 09:44 PM
I am both thankful and cranky 'cause my sewing pile just got higher!!! Looks awesome can't wait to try.

01-14-2009, 10:30 PM
that makes so much sense! :lol: i was making it way harder in my head. thanks for posting the tutorial!

01-28-2009, 08:40 AM
Awesome! Thats looks great!

01-28-2009, 09:10 AM
Wow, thank you!!! I'm in awe of how straight and neat your cutting is, lol. I will definitely try this.

03-07-2009, 09:15 PM
Neat-- thanks! :)

03-11-2009, 11:50 PM
oh, that's very cute! What a great idea!

03-15-2010, 12:43 AM
Wow this is so cool, cant wait to try it!

04-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Oh, I've always wondered how they did that! Thanks for the tutorial :)

04-10-2010, 09:02 AM
thanks for sharing :)